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GRAFTON, VT, February 13, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Winter is out in force in Grafton, Vt., where the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center will host the Fourth Annual Grafton Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Snow bunnies and winter lovers are invited to play in the snow to their heart's content before cooling down at the Grafton Inn's Ice Bar in the evening.
The Carnival starts at 9 a.m. with Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking on the 15km trail system at Grafton Ponds, a third of which has snowmaking. Throughout the day, ice skating will be available on the pond (depending on the weather) and starting at noon, a roaring bonfire and s'mores will light up the rest of the day. All of these activities are included in the $15 Carnival ticket, available at the gate.
During the Carnival, horse-drawn sleigh rides will be available from noon to 3:30 p.m. for $20 for adults and $12 for children. The Grafton Inn's Pizza Truck will serve up hot pies with Grafton cheese, pepperoni or veggies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Skis, snowshoes and fat bikes are available to rent for $12 each.
Following the festivities at Grafton Ponds, the Grafton Inn will host its popular Ice Bar event, starting at 4 p.m. Vermont libations from Harpoon Brewery, Whistlepig Whiskey, and Vermont Distillers are on tap until 9 p.m. on February 20. Tickets are $25 and include admission, two drink tickets and a souvenir glass. Phelps Barn Tavern, adjacent to the Ice Bar, will play host to live music starting at 8 p.m.
For those who'd like to stay for the whole Carnival weekend, the Grafton Inn offers a Winter Carnival package that includes two nights' lodging, two tickets to the Ice Bar, dinner both nights, and breakfast both mornings for two people. This package may be reserved at http://www.graftoninnvermont.com or by calling 802-234-8407.
About Grafton Inn
Since 1801, the historic Grafton Inn has welcomed visitors with timeless elegance and the finest comforts and amenities in a quintessential Vermont setting. The Grafton Inn comprises 11 rooms in the main inn; vacation rental homes throughout the town of Grafton; and two restaurants, the award-winning Old Tavern and casual Phelps Barn Pub. The inn is a member of Historic Hotels of America, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), Vermont Fresh Network and Green Hotels of Vermont. As part of the Windham Foundation, profits from The Grafton Inn directly benefit the Foundation's work to promote Vermont's rural communities. http://www.graftoninnvermont.com
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